Mississippi In Home Care Services / Homemaker Program

Page Reviewed / Updated - May 2014

Program Description

In Home (Care) Services are provided locally through the Mississippi network of Area Agencies on Aging.  A variety of services are provided. all of which are intended to help low income seniors remain living in their homes as opposed to being placed, unnecessarily, into full-time residential care homes.  In Home Services are also referred to as the Mississippi Homemaker Program. 

These services are funded, in part, by the Older Americans Act and are under the administration of the Mississippi Department of Human Services, Division of Aging and Adult Services.

 Reasons Unknown - Mississippi has the shortest life expectancy of all 50 states, yet also ranks 4th for the highest percentage of residents who live to the age of 100 years old.

 

Eligibility Guidelines

Residency - Applicants must be legal Mississippi residents

Age - Applicants must be at least 60 years of age or designated as disabled by the Social Security Administration

Functional Ability - Applicants must be professionally assessed and found to have functional, mental or physical challenges which prevent them from completing the tasks for which they are seeking assistance.

Financial Thresholds - the Mississippi Division of Aging and Adult Services does not publish strict income and resource thresholds.  However, the program is intended for low income seniors and therefore one may presume higher income individuals will be a lower priority for the program administrators.

 

Benefits and Services

In Home / Homemaker Services are provided independently by each of the state's 10 area agencies on aging (AAA).  The actual services and the amount of services provided to each program participant depends on the applicant's needs and the availability of service providers and funds in their AAA region.  The following type of services are provide though might not necessarily be provided in every region of the state.  These services are provided free of charge to qualified program participants.

  • Cooking
  • Grocery Shopping
  • Home Delivery Meals
  • Home Health Care
  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Personal Care Assistance
  • Respite Care


Though not considered an in-home care services, adult day care is also provided by the Area Agencies on Aging.

 

How to Apply / Learn More

To apply for this program, interested parties should contact their local Area Agency on Aging.  A complete list of agencies, contact information and the geographic areas they serve is available here.

 Low income Mississippi seniors might also be eligible for financial assistance for care from the state's Elderly and Disabled Waiver or the Assisted Living Waiver.